Matthew Firth

Matthew Firth

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Matthew is an early career researcher affiliated with Flinders University, University of Adelaide, and Australian Catholic University. With research specialities in the history of early medieval England and in Scandinavian saga literature, he has published numerous articles on various aspects of society and culture in England and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, and their intersections. He is currently working on his first monograph, a biographical study of English queens-consort in the years 850-1000, scheduled for publication the Routledge Lives of Royal Women series.

Matthew is the current editor of Cerae Journal, an assistant editor of the Brepols published series East Central Europe, 476–1795, the reviews editor for the Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), and an AEMA committee member.

Matthew's research focuses on English and Scandinavian history and literature from the tenth to the thirteenth century with a particular focus on  cultural memory, historical narrative, and Anglo-Scandinavian acculturation. He has published widely on these topics, the following being his most recent publications:

Matthew Firth, 'On the Dating of the Norse Siege of Chester', Notes and Queries 69 (no. 1, 2022), 1-4.

Matthew Firth, 'Deconstructing the Female Antagonist of the Coronation Scandal in B’s Vita Dunstani', English Studies 103 (no. 4, 2022), 527-546.

Matthew Firth, 'The Character of the Treacherous Woman in the passiones of Early Medieval English Royal Martyrs,' Royal Studies Journal 7 (no. 1, 2020), 1-21.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Firth, M. (2022). On the Dating of the Norse Siege of Chester. Notes and Queries, 69(1), 1-4.
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    2022 Firth, M., & Schilling, C. (2022). The Lonely Afterlives of Early English Queens. Neophilologus, 17 pages.
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    2021 Firth, M. (2021). Deconstructing the Female Antagonist of the Coronation Scandal in B’s Vita Dunstani. English Studies, 103(4), 527-546.
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    2020 Firth, M. (2020). The Character of the Treacherous Woman in the Passiones of Early Medieval English Royal Martyrs. Royal Studies Journal, 7(1), 1-21.
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    2020 Firth, M., & Sebo, E. (2020). Kingship and Maritime Power in 10th-Century England. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 49(2), 329-340.
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    2020 Firth, M. (2020). Æthelred II ‘the Unready’ and the Role of Kingship in Gunnlaugs saga Ormstungu: 2019 Winner of the Society for Court Studies Annual Essay Prize. Court Historian, 25(1), 1-14.
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    2019 Firth, M. (2019). The broken body in eleventh to thirteenth-century Anglo-Scandinavian literature. Comitatus, 50(1), 45-75.
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    2018 Firth, M. (2018). The Politics of Hegemony and the 'Empires' of Anglo-Saxon England. Cerae, 5, 27-60.
    2017 Firth, M. (2017). Integration, Assimilation, Annexation: Æthelstan and the Anglo-Saxon Hegemony in York. Melbourne Historical Journal, 45, 89-111.
    2017 Firth, M. (2017). Constructing a king: William of Malmesbury and the life of Æthelstan. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 13, 69-92.
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    2016 Firth, M. (2016). Allegories of Sight: Blinding and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England. Cerae, 3, 1-33.
    2016 Firth, M. (2016). London Under Danish Rule: Cnut's Politics and Policies as a Demonstration of Power. Eras.

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